"That's what I'm looking for," Howell said.
Howell said his first choice in free agency is to return to the Dodgers. Beyond that, he said, he has only one preference.
"Just a contender," he said. "I don't care where it is. It can be in Egypt."
Howell, 30, posted a 2.03 earned-run average for the Dodgers last season. He fits best as a left-handed specialist -- he held left-handed batters to a .164 batting average, with 36 strikeouts in 110 at-bats -- but he held right-handers to a .222 batting average.